Benefits of Membership

The Washington State Medical Association offers a wide array of programs and services that help improve the practice of medicine for our members and their staff.

How we help you practice medicine...

Legislative and regulatory advocacy on important health issues for physicians and patients

We get results. Critical issues affecting physicians and patients are being decided in the Legislature, the Governor’s office, state agencies, licensing boards and judicial branch. WSMA advocates in all arenas, both state and federal, and is a respected and powerful voice for the medical profession.

Leadership development and professional training opportunities—customized, accredited and available year-round

The WSMA builds strong leadership skills. We partner with the UW Graduate Programs in Health Administration and UW Professional and Continuing Education to offer a 40-hour in-person and online leadership course. Our new dyad leadership course develops skills based on the ongoing operational needs of the physician and his/her administrative partner. The annual Leadership Development Conference features prominent speakers and breakout sessions that focus on topics of importance to physician leaders.

Legal expertise including the online Physicians' Guide to Health Law

Members have access to staff attorneys for professional inquiries by phone or email. The Washington Physicians’ Guide to Health Law — updated regularly and a free member benefit valued at $350 — is a summary of many laws commonly encountered in a medical practice, covering such issues as confidentiality, providing care to minors, medical records, closing a practice, living wills and much more.

Employment contract evaluation and licensure expertise

We protect your professional interests. We work closely with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission on matters that affect physicians’ licenses, including professional discipline, MQAC policies, legislative actions and rules the MQAC adopts.

Expert practice guidance and resources

The WSMA supports your practice through free and discounted CME, compliance support, and coding and reimbursement assistance. When claims are denied or delayed, the WSMA mediates with insurance companies through direct intervention so our members get paid. Optimize your practice operations with the Next STEPS program, which provides physicians and practice staff tangible guidance to keep pace with the complex developments in health care.

Award-winning work to improve quality and access to care

WSMA’s three-pronged Know Your Choices – Ask Your Doctor initiative, which includes Choosing Wisely®, ER is for Emergencies and Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest, promotes improved communication between patients and physicians to ensure the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time. Take advantage of WSMA’s free patient resources such as advance directives and POLST.

Discounted liability insurance

Most members receive a $300 discount on their premium if insured by Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company.

Publications and news

Keep up-to-date on the changing landscape of medicine. Members receive relevant, thoughtful insights into the medical profession through regular communications and resources.

Career Center

Making a career change or relocating within Washington or the Pacific Northwest? Find career opportunities and post employment openings online.

Discount programs

WSMA saves members money through a variety of vendor discounts including EHR services, car rental and more.